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There are a lot of reasons people are
thinking positively about HIV treatment.

Living with HIV has changed

Before the development of HIV treatments, HIV could lead to AIDS in just a few years—shortening the lives of everyone with the virus. But with early diagnosis and treatment, people with HIV are now living nearly as long as those without HIV.

The way people live with HIV has changed, too. There are lots of places to find support. There’s so much information available. And there are more treatment options available than ever.

What is HIV?

Some people still think of AIDS when they hear
HIV.
But HIV and AIDS are different.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

About 1.1 million adults were estimated to be living with HIV in the U.S. by the end of 2014.

An estimated
1 in 7 of these adults don’t know they have the virus.

There were almost 40,000 people with new HIV diagnoses in 2015.

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About 3 million Americans received CDC-sponsored testing for HIV in 2015.

Common Lab Tests

Along with getting tested for HIV, your healthcare provider may suggest a number of other common tests to help create a plan for your overall health.

COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT

Can reveal blood disorders such as anemia (low red blood cell count) or low platelet count and some infections

Blood Chemistry Panel

Helps see how well some organs, such as your liver or kidneys, are working

URINALYSIS

Can detect diabetes, urinary tract infections, and other conditions

FASTING BLOOD GLUCOSE

To diagnose or monitor diabetes

LIPID PANEL

Measures cholesterol and other risks for heart disease

HEPATITIS A, B & C

Tests for hepatitis, which can affect your liver
and complicate HIV treatment

STD Screening

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can make your HIV get worse faster if they’re not treated